King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain had a busy day in Seville. The Roya couple visited the Royal Alcazar of Seville and then the General Archive of the Indies.
Felipe and Letizia began their trip to Seville at the Real Alcazar, where they presided over the III Plenary meeting of the National Commission for the commemoration of the V Centenary of the expedition of the first round the world of Fernando de Magallanes and Juan Sebastián Elcano.
The Commission is responsible for promoting and coordinating the activities carried out by the General State Administration in relation to this celebration and, where appropriate, other Public Administrations and public and private entities, as well as individuals, who participate in it.
2019 marks the fifth centenary of the start of the naval expedition promoted by the Crown of Spain and initially led by the Portuguese navigator in the service of the Spanish Crown Fernando de Magallanes, with the purpose of opening a new route to the Spice Islands. Appointed by the then young King Carlos I of Spain “governor, advanced, captain-general of the Navy for the discovery of the shop”, Magellan left Seville on Monday morning, August 10, 1519 under the command of five ships and two hundred and sixty five men, of which 64 per cent were Spanish and the rest was divided between nine different nationalities.
A journey that took them from Sanlúcar de Barrameda to Tenerife, coasts of Sierra Leone, Rio de Janeiro, the Río de la Plata, then known as the Solís River, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and the Strait to which, with the At the time, he was named after the aforementioned captain-general, the Pacific and the Mariana Islands, the Philippines, Sumatra and the Moluccas, the Cape of Good Hope and the Cape Verde Islands to return to the port from which he had sailed. As established by Royal Decree 582/2017, of June 12, the honorary presidency of the Commission, which is configured as an interministerial collegiate body attached to the Ministry of Culture and Sports, is held by the King and Queen.
Before leaving Felipe and Letizia stood for a group photograph.
Later on, they moved to the General Archive of the Indies, where they opened the exhibition “The Longest Journey”, continuation of the preamble “The Dream: from the idea to the project”, which revolves around the first round the world and the importance of “travel” for the evolution of man.
The couple was welcomed by the excited public outside the exhibition.
Felipe and Letizia toured this exhibition with the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Manuel Moreno, authorities and members of the National Commission.
Exhibition and documentary program reflects on the attitude of man towards the trip and the unknown, connecting the first round of the world of history with the individual challenges of the present and the collective of the future.
The objective is for the public to discover this historical event from an emotional perspective that makes them feel the challenges of the ocean voyage and allows them to understand in a different, more human and recognizable way, the history of the first round the world and the challenges to that the navigators of the XVI century faced.
At the end of the tour, King and Queen held a brief meeting with the members of the specialized committee for the coordination of the commemorative events of the V Centenary of the departure of the expedition of Fernando de Magallanes and Juan Sebastián Elcano.
For the visit, Queen Letizia brought back a familiar elegant look. She wore an off-white midi dress by Pedro Del Hierro that we first saw in March this year during Argentina visit.
It is without a doubt, one of her the most elegant looks. A look back at when she wore the dress in March.
Today Letizia paired the outfit with beige Carolina Herrera slingback pumps.
She was carrying a bi-colour Carolina Herrera Camelot 2015 Bag.
The new element of today’s look was a stunning pair of diamond and pearl earrings. The earrings look pretty similar to her Australian Pearl and diamond earrings but these earrings are designed by the Spanish Royal Jeweler.
Her ever-present Karen Hallem ring completed the look.